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Virgin Islands’ Ports and Airports Resume Operations as Hurricane Tammy Diverts Eastward



Following Hurricane Tammy’s course across the Caribbean, cooperative efforts between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Virgin Islands Port Authority have led to the official reopening of seaports in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The storm, veering north-northwest, missed the local islands as it moved past Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, averting a direct hit on the territory. Consequently, marine operations in St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix have resumed normal schedules.

Both the Cyril E. King Airport and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport continue to function smoothly without interruptions. As the residual effects of Hurricane Tammy linger, travelers are advised to reach out to their respective airlines for any flight-related inquiries.

Current Regional Impact of Hurricane Tammy:

Despite its distance from the islands, the storm’s extensive moisture envelope, including its outer and feeder bands, will linger over the local waters and islands until at least Tuesday. Tammy’s swells are predicted to generate potentially hazardous marine and surf zone conditions.

Anticipated Hazards Include:

Precipitation: Forecasters anticipate total storm rainfall of 1-2 inches, with isolated areas possibly receiving up to 4 inches due to scattered to numerous showers and isolated to scattered thunderstorms. These rain patterns could trigger isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in terrains of higher elevation where there’s a risk of isolated mudslides. Rivers, typically dry arroyos, and streams may experience swift water level rises.

Marine Conditions: The swells generated by Hurricane Tammy pose challenges for marine activities. Small crafts are cautioned about seas swelling up to 10 feet, with sporadic surges peaking at 13 feet, primarily across the Atlantic waters and Anegada Passage. These swells could heighten the risks of strong surf and dangerous rip currents chiefly along north- and east-facing beaches.

Wind: Particularly within the storm’s outer bands and during intense thunderstorms, wind may exhibit brief gusty episodes, with speeds ranging from 25-30 mph or slightly higher. Squally wind conditions might also be noticed over the Atlantic waters and Anegada Passage.


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